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A rendezvous with Stephen L Wilson, the principal editor of Twist of Fate, an international charitable anthology

Dr. Kiriti Sengupta (Calcutta, India), interviewing contributing poets, writers, and artists for the soon-to-be-published global Twist of Fate anthology conceived and materialized by Indies In Action.


 A rapid-fire round with Stephen L Wilson, the principal editor, Twist of Fate, an international charitable anthology.

Kiriti: Hi Stephen, are you ready for the round ? I am a bit tired though.

Stephen: You are providing a wonderful service, and the feedback I have received has all been positive. Our group is fortunate and honored to have you, as well.

Kiriti: Thanks, Stephen. I want to leave no stone unturned in regarding my duties with your full satisfaction. .Wwhatever I do, I try with my 100% dedication, you know. Or else, I never try.

Stephen: Why, thanks, Kiriti. You will find that I am easily satisfied, however, and the effort you put forth is more than enough for me to meet that objective. Yes, you certainly ARE dedicated, from what I can tell!

Kiriti: I appreciate your concern, Stephen. Publishing the selected interviews…

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Stephen L Wilson, the principal editor, Twist of Fate shares his insight …

Dr. Kiriti Sengupta (Calcutta, India), interviewing contributing poets, writers, and artists for the soon-to-be-published global Twist of Fate anthology conceived and materialized by Indies In Action.


Interviewing   Stephen L Wilson (U.S.A)

Interviewer : Kiriti Sengupta (India)


Hi Stephen !! This is Kiriti from India. I must congratulate and thank you for the painstaking effort you have invested towards the making of a global anthology, Twist of Fate. Being the administrator of the group Indies in Action and the Chief Editor of the anthology, I would appreciate if you, please, answer me. Are you ready ?


Stephen: I am ready, Kiriti. Thank you very much for taking the time to put together the ideas and thoughts of the people behind the work. I hope that those who read this are inspired by our project.


Kiriti: What made you form the group Indies in Action ?


Stephen: It actually began in 1996. I was in Oklahoma City the year after the Alfred P. Murrah building was destroyed by a domestic…

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Ms.Maria Edwards, President, American Authors’ Association (AAA) shares her insight about Twist of Fate

Dr. Kiriti Sengupta (Calcutta, India), interviewing contributing poets, writers, and artists for the soon-to-be-published global Twist of Fate anthology conceived and materialized by Indies In Action.


Interviewing Maria Edwards (U.S.A.)

Interviewer: Kiriti Sengupta (India)


Hi Maria !! Greetings from India. This is Kiriti. I must thank you for your contribution towards the international charity anthology, Twist of Fate. I seriously wish to ask you few things, if you, please.


Maria: By all means.

Kiriti: You have contributed ISBN towards the anthology. Would like to know what the significance of the ISBN is and how it would help in establishing the work (book).

Maria: The International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is a unique numeric commercial book identifier to help booksellers identify individual books. Most booksellers will not accept books without this number. That alone speaks to its availability and marketability.

Kiriti: Why did you come forward with this unique idea of donating the ISBN to the anthology ?

Maria: Everything Stephen L. Wilson and this anthology stands for is…

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What has violence gotten anything to do with celebration?

Two days ago, some countries acknowledged, some others rejected once more the United Nations International Women’s Day (IWD).  Cultural entities around the world coincided their fertile grounds for violence against women with the supposed celebration of their female populations. South Africa and India became two of the most adored objects of the media, Celebrating International Women’s Day due to “recent cases of violence against women” on their soil.

In the honor of IWD, seven injustices women around the world meet became newsworthy yet once again.  Among them, China, India and Afghanistan attained considerable attention.  Sex-selective abortion and infanticide brought China and India to the news, while Afghanistan, this time, competed in the list due to its lack of education rights for its females.  Lesser crimes against women in relatively wide-spread coverage included no rights to drive in Saudi Arabia, far fewer rights in divorce in Egypt, restricted land ownership in Lesotho, media coverage discrepancies in Latin America and gender pay gap in the United States.

With a substantial leap from concerns over equal pay for both sexes, selected world media leaders took us to a brief tour in one of the exclusive districts of Istanbul, in quest of a public gallery constructed in commemoration of IWD following the increase in “honor killings” of women in Turkey.  The displays consist of newspaper clips of stories of women murdered by the men of their families, i.e. husbands, divorced husbands, fathers, father-in-laws, brothers, brother-in-laws, uncles, etc. A large banner reading “There is no excuse for violence against a woman” functions as the onset of the news program, Beyoğlu’nda ‘Kadına şiddetin bahanesi yoktur’ sergisi.

At the risk of being ridiculed – in view of the above-mentioned violence’s scope, I claim that even one hand constitutes a brutal act when used to slap someone regardless of that strike’s force. So is using pepper spray on unarmed, non-violent, nonthreatening, defenseless people, as the following video, Kadınlar gününde kadına biber gazı documents.  The clip makes history on Turkish lands since the founding of the Republic of Turkey in 1923 by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk – on International Women’s Day, nonetheless.  For, the Islamist Erdoğan administration uses police to stop women in Hatay, Turkey with pepper spray from voicing their demands for anti-violence against women in a peaceful walk.

An image from a critically-claimed cinematic production, “Osama” enters the memory:

Wasn’t it mere water, after all, that the Talibani had used on women to dissolve their quest for work to survive in their man-less households? Before ordering their murders without trial on the slightest suspense of their “misbehavior”?  On behalf of Islam?

Let us have a quick fact-check against the backlash of at least a few of the relevant teachings of the Kur’an regarding some of the hereby summarized crimes against women: Driving?  There is – as to be expected – no mention of it.  It, thus, has no connection to Islam when Saudi Arabia or elsewhere is concerned. Rights in divorce? Equal for both genders, with a clause to more heavily support the woman; especially, if she is expecting or already a parent. Right for education? Equal for both genders.

Celebrating women? What an impossible feat as long as distortions, misinterpretations, misconstructions, de-constructions, or reconstructions of religious texts reign over humanity when at least the three “main” world faiths are concerned!


Related Articles and Images:

Joyce Stevens. “A History of International Women’s Day”

Women Watch. “History of International Women’s Day”

Women Watch. “A Promise is a Promise. Time for action to end violence against women. UN System Observances for International Women’s Day 2013”

Women’s Day. Picture images from around the world

“7 Injustices Faced by Women Around the World”

“Turkey celebrates int’l Women’s Day”

“Pain, not joy on Women’s Day, says Turkish pop icon”

“Turkish Women Underrepresented In Politics”

The Kur’an

International Men’s Day Global Website

About International Men’s Day

Definition of “violence” in English

Definition of “violence” in Turkish


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